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WHAT IS RECREATION MANAGEMENT? Recreation management is applied business and management knowledge principles and skills to a variety of Recreation and Park Enterprises.

PHILOSOPHY The primary philosophy behind the UW-La Crosse Recreation Management major is to provide students with a broad base of theoretical knowledge and skills combined with a heavy emphasis of hands on practical experiences. This learning-by-doing approach makes students competitive in the job market and graduate school selection process. Students are prepared to assume positions of responsibility in governmental, commercial, tourism, and not-for-profit recreation and parks agencies. The rigorous recreation management curriculum prepares individuals for positions as middle management within a wide variety of recreation and park agencies.

Recreation Management Goals:

  1. To train students in management skills associated with middle management positions.
  2. To instill a sense of ethical principles and professional responsibility.
  3. To prepare students to identify and utilize the most relevant research materials.
  4. To foster those skills necessary to seek out partnerships in the delivery of recreational services.
  5. To cultivate an attitude of lifelong professional involvement.

Accreditation UW-La Crosse has the only accredited recreation management program in Wisconsin. Less than three percent of all university recreation management programs across the country meet these accreditation standards of excellence. UW-La Crosse Recreation Management is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation. The newly revised curriculum is designed to keep the department a national leader in recreation management education. www.nrpa.org

RECREATION MANAGEMENT AS YOUR MAJOR Recreation management offers an opportunity to work at the mid-management level at graduation within a wide variety of Recreational Enterprises. The major provides a comprehensive education while still permitting each student the flexibility to pursue areas of special interest.

Placement The department consistently places 90 percent or more of its graduates in locations around the United States and in several foreign countries. The recreation management service area is rated among the top 10 placement leaders in the country.

“Parks and recreation personnel have the assistance of a national organization in finding new and challenging positions.” The National Recreation and Park Association and the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association provide job referral services to help students find employment that interests them and for which they are qualified. www.nrpa.org.